Orca3D News

Monday, January 28, 2013

Re-creating and analyzing a 17th-century sailing ship with Rhino, Grasshopper, and Orca3D

In her senior project at St. Mary's College in Historic St. Mary's City, Maryland, Rebecca Prasher studied ship hull form design methods from the 17th century, and reproduced the rules and methods in a detailed Grasshopper script. Using the script, she re-created the hull shape of the Maryland Dove (a replica of the Maryland Dove is homeported in St. Mary's City), and then she studied the effects of varying vertical center of gravity and beam on the stability of a sailing ship. Her report makes for very interesting reading, with significant background on the historical naval architecture texts that she used, detailed explanations of the rules and methods that she found and the Grasshopper script that she wrote to apply them, and finally an analysis of the stability. It's an impressive look at what can be accomplished using Rhino and the broad range of available plug-ins such as Grasshopper and Orca3D, together with some good research and creativity. You can download and read the entire report here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/43253249/SMP%20Paper%20Prasher%20(Physics).pdf

New Reseller in Eastern Canada

Open Shore Maritime in Ottawa, Ontario, recently became an Orca3D reseller. Open Shore Maritime's team are avid sailors, have 25 years of software engineering experience, with the past 12 years involved in power boats and sailboats.  For the past four years Open Shore Maritime has represented Rhino and other naval architecture software, with contacts at major design and production firms in Eastern Canada. With background in hull modeling and stability calculations, you can expect knowledgeable technical support as well as consulting services to clients.

Open Shore Maritime
1 Stafford Road East, Suite 307
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K2H 1B9

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Orca3D with Windows 8 and 64-bit Rhino 5

A number of users have reported an issue when installing Orca3D in Windows 8 with the 64-bit version of Rhino 5. During the installation, Orca3D would report that it could not find a valid Rhino 5 installation.

We have made a change to the release version of Orca3D (now Version 1.2.4) and the WIP (2012-12-18) to correct this problem. Please visit www.orca3d.com/update or www.orca3d.com/wip to download these versions.

Note that this only affects users with Windows 8 and 64-bit Rhino 5/Orca3D.

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Orca3D WIP Release

We're pleased to announce the release of a new Work-in-Progress (WIP) version of Orca3D (1.3 WIP 2012-12-18).

Also, Rhino 5 is now shipping, and US-based customers can order Rhino 5 upgrades and new licenses from us now: 
  • Click here to order a commercial upgrade to Rhino 5 from Rhino 4 or Rhino 3 ($345 until February 26th; $495 thereafter)
  • Click here to order a new commercial license of Rhino 5 ($995)
  • Click here to order an educational upgrade to Rhino 5 from Rhino 4 or Rhino 3 ($95, proof of student status required)
  • Click here to order a new educational license of Rhino 5 ($195, proof of student status required)
 Outside of the US, please contact your reseller.

This release contains the evolving Stability Criteria Evaluation functionality, which has had various user interface and other minor improvements. The OrcaProperties command is now fully scriptable. A bug in the Lines Drawing command that could sometimes cause curves to not appear in Rhino 5 has been fixed. A bug that would cause the 3DM file size to grow rapidly when using Rhino's Worksession feature has also been fixed.

As a WIP, there will certainly be feature additions, changes, or removals before the final release, but this is your chance to give us feedback and suggestions. A few important notes to be aware of: 
  • Only one version of Orca3D may be installed at a time. Therefore, you must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP.
  • No change to your License is required. The new version of Orca3D will find your existing License.
  • Portions of the Help file may not be entirely up to date.
  • This WIP will expire on March 7th. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.3 will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.
 If you have questions as you install and use the new release, remember that you can: 
  • send an email to support@orca3d.com
  • read through the Help file which is available from the Orca3D menu in Rhino, and on our web site here
  • post a question on the Orca3D forum
 To download the new version, please visit www.orca3d.com/wip.

Thank you very much for using Orca3D, and we look forward to hearing from you!